Cool under fire

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Journal titleFire Protection Engineering
IssueFall 16
Pages3335; # of pages: 3
Subjecthuman behaviour, evacuation, fire safety; Human behaviour
AbstractDay-to-day decision-making such as choosing a meal from a menu or picking up the best road to get to a meeting on time is quite different from decision-making during an emergency. Even major life change decision-making regarding the choice of a career, buying a house or getting married is still different from decision-making during a fire. There are three main reasons which differentiate decision-makingduring a fire. First, there is much more at stake in a fire. The consequences of a decision could determine the survival of the decision-maker and of the people he or she values the most. Second, the amount of time available to make a decision is limited. Often the decision-maker will feel that a decision should be made quicklybefore crucial options are lost. Third, the information on which to base a decision is ambiguous, incomplete and unusual. It is also usually impossible for the person to find more appropriate information due to the lack of time and the means to get information.
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AffiliationNRC Institute for Research in Construction; National Research Council Canada
Peer reviewedNo
NRC number45404
NPARC number20378995
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Record created2012-07-24
Record modified2016-05-09
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